Calendar of Events

 If you have an event you would like to see listed in the Calendar of Events, please email your request to or mail your submission to Show Me The Ozarks, 18724 Hwy 59, Neosho, MO 64850. Events are printed on a space available basis and must be received by the 5th of the month prior to the month of the schedule event. 

 In light of COVID-19 restrictions, please confirm any events listed below are still occurring with the respective organization before attending.

Arcadia, KS

April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: Night Fishing Jackpot Tournament, 6 pm, Bone Creek Lake Reservoir, 499 East Baker Street.

April 24: Kayak Fishing Tournament, 6 pm, Bone Creek Lake Reservoir, 499 East Baker Street.

Pittsburg, KS

Tuesdays: Trivia Night at The Jolly Fox Brewery, 6:30 pm, 301 S. Broadway St.

Wednesdays: Trivia Night at Drop the H Brewing Company, 7 pm, 107 E. Rose St.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Night Country Dance Lessons, 7-9 pm, Dirty Mule Restaurant & Bar, 134 S. US-69.

April 2: Heavy Metal Friday, 8 pm, Dirty Mule Restaurant & Bar, 134 S. US-69.

April 2: Travis Kidd, 9 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino.

April 9-10: Chris Bassett, 9 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino.

April 16: Whisky Outlaws, 9 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino.

April 17: Spring Fling, 9 am, The Barn at Timber Cove, 832 S. 250th St.

April 23: Jake Stringer, 9 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino.

ArtForms Gallery Workshops, 620 N. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS. 620.240.0165

April 3: Fused Glass Mosaic Plant Stake, 1-4 pm. Create two designs on two 6” x 6” glass backgrounds, one for each side of the heavy-duty frame. Basic glass-cutting techniques demonstrated. Your masterpiece will be fused in a glass kiln and mounted in a sturdy metal frame ready to plant in your yard or flower bed. All supplies, tools and metal frame provided. Please wear close-toed shoes when working with glass. A mask is required. Ages 16 and older; class is limited to 8 people. $55; payable at time of registration.

April 7: Online Drawing, 6-7 pm. The last class in this online 6-week workshop. This is a progressive series of drawing that builds upon the previous week’s drawing. For those who register and pay, Laura will contact you with details to virtually attend, so be sure to supply your cell number and email when you register. Fee: $30 for all six sessions, payable at time of registration.

April 10: Straw Painting, 2-4 pm. Learn how to make your own flower garden, but instead of using a shovel and trowel, we are going to use a straw and paint. Everything you need will be supplied. The paintings will need to rest a couple of days to dry enough to move. Wear something appropriate for painting. Masks required. $35, payable at registration. Ages: 16 years and older. Class size:   minimum 4; maximum 6.

April 11: Ceramic Face Planters, 1-4 pm. When finished and planted, these lovely ladies will charm you! All supplies included with the two firings necessary for a complete lady. Masks required for safety. Bring your imagination and let’s get dirty with clay! $45, payable at time of registration. Class size: 10 people max. Ages: 14 and older.

April 24: Bind with Brenda, 2-4 pm. Learn three basic book binding techniques: a basic binding stitch, a kettle stitch and a French link stitch as you produce three basic journals. All supplies and tools are furnished. Ages 16 and older. Class size: 8 participants. $40, payable at time of registration.

April 25: White Springtime Flower Watercolor Cards, 2-4 pm. White flowers are a challenge but easy once you have the instruction. We will paint two 5×7 inch cards, one white lily and one white daisy. All supplies included, and you get to leave with two hand-painted cards complete with envelopes! Masks required for safety. $30. Class size: 10 participants. Age: 14 years and older.

Carl Junction Community Center: 303 N. Main St., 417.649.7237

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Yoga, 6 pm. Saturdays: Zumba, 9 am & Wednesdays, 6:30 pm. Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: Pickleball, 6-10 pm. Tuesday & Thursday: 1-3 pm. Sunday: 3-6 pm.

Carthage, MO

April 3: All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast, 9-11 am, Carthage Shrine Club. Public welcome. $7 per person. Call 417.317.0609.

April 3: Yoga 4 Kids w/Stacey Stiles, 11 am-12 pm. 121 E. 3rd St. Fee: $5/child; parents free with child. Call 417.437.2389.

Diamond, MO – George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs. Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 am-5 pm. Call 417.325.4151 or visit *Programs will be presented outside on the park grounds.

April 3 & 4: Archaeological Investigations, 1 pm. Have you ever discovered an unknown object in your backyard? Archaeologists sometimes uncover artifacts here at the park. Come learn about some of these museum items with a park ranger and glance at a piece of history.  

April 10 & 11: Expressions of the Soul, 1 pm. Art is the visual representation of emotions that simply can’t be described with words. Chat with a park ranger as he or she paints a picture of George Washington Carver and how his creations were expressions of his soul.  

April 17: Park Prescription Day, 10 am-1 pm. The sounds of spring are all around us as we see wildflowers, trees and plants full of life. Join our staff as we celebrate and encourage human wellness and good health through nature. Activities include yoga, tai chi, nature walking and more. You can even bring your pup and swear them in as official BARK Ranger or enjoy a walk with a Ranger and learn more about George Washington Carver’s educational bulletins. 

April 24: Art in the Park, 10 am-3 pm. Enjoy time in the outdoors as you learn about George Washington Carver’s love of art. Join a ranger-led talk discussing how George considered art to be an “Expression of his Soul.” Self-guided activities will take place along the trail. More info to come! 

April 25: BARK Ranger Program. 10 am-noon. Give your dog the best treat and go for a walk in your favorite national park! Stop by George Washington Carver from 10 am-noon to walk your pup. You will learn the BARK Ranger rules, and your furry friend will be sworn in as a BARK ranger. 

Neosho, MO. 

April 9-10: 2021 Neosho City Wide Garage Sale. Sales happen rain, shine and everything in between. Don’t miss your chance to shop over 400 area sales in the Neosho Community. For more information contact 417.451.1925.

Joplin, MO

Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10 am-2 pm, 931 E. 4th St. The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs and handmade artisan goods. Housed in a historic brick building adjacent to downtown, this indoor/outdoor public market is one of Joplin’s favorite gathering spots. Curbside ordering is also available, and orders may be placed Tuesday at 8 pm until Thursday at 8 pm at Curbside pickup hours are 10:30 am-12:30 pm Saturday. More information: Ivy Hagedorn,

Webb City, MO

April 24: Spring Shop Hop, 10 am-3 pm, downtown. 75 VIP passes will be sold; shop in our boutiques as well as pop-up vendors in the Route 66 Event Center; and enjoy food trucks. VIP passes are $10 and include a swag bag with items from various boutiques and a coupon book. VIP passes go on sale Thursday, April 8, at 9 am. Call 417.673.1154.

Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, Missouri. All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email or visit our Facebook page for online registration options. Classes are limited to the first 20 students registered for preschool and yoga classes.

April 10: Yoga in Nature for Adults, 8:30-9:30 am, Wildcat Village. Ages 16 and up. $10. This class is designed to incorporate elements of nature, breathing and yoga poses. Bring your yoga mat or a towel and a reusable water bottle. Please sign up by following the instructions on our Facebook page. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. To register, visit our Facebook page or email

April 10: Yoga in Nature for Kids, 11:15 am. Free class at Wildcat Glades Education Cottage. For ages 2 and up accompanied by an adult. This class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring your yoga mat or a towel and a reusable water bottle. Please sign up by following the instructions on our Facebook page or email Classes are limited to the first 20 students registered for preschool and yoga.

April 17: Natures Engineers free class for nature explorers (ages 7-12), 1 pm. Tape measure…level…hammer, perfect. Some of the most amazing houses are built in nature! Wildlife in our own backyard build feats of engineering with no tools, just their bear paws. Join us at the Wildcat Glades Education Cottage to learn about nature’s best engineers and complete an engineering project of your own. To register, visit Facebook page, call 417.708.7713 to leave a message or email

April 21 & 24: Flowers and Butterflies, April 21,10-11 am; April 24, 1-2 pm. Free class: Preschool connections ages 3 to 6. Butterflies need plants, and plants need butterflies! Butterflies can be picky eaters just like us. Join us for a story about a girl, a park and plants. We will decorate a pot and plant a flower so you can have butterflies visit your yard. To register, visit our Facebook page, call 417.708.7713 or email


Grove, OK

April 24-25 Civil War Era Days at Har-Ber Village. Friday, April 23 is Homeschool Day. Saturday and Sunday will include demonstrations, activities and living history presentations throughout the day. Saturday evening will include a Civil War Era dance from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Go to for more information.


 Cultural Events

The events listed below are creative alternatives offered on 4/1/21 at by area arts and cultural organizations in the wake of COVID-19. Please confirm the events are still occurring before attending.


April 8: Pro Musica Presents: Invoke Quartet, 6:30 pm, location TBD. Enjoy an outdoor concert featuring the Americana-infused Invoke Quartet. Reservations required; visit to make your free reservation. Contact, 417.625.1822.

April 10: Ben Miller’s Birthday Show Feat. Pat Kay, 6:30 pm, The Coda Concert House, 2120 E. 24th St. The critically acclaimed Ben Miller Band is coming to Joplin on its namesake’s birthday! There is a suggested, minimum donation of $20. More information and reservations: In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc., will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.

April 15-18 and 22-25: Songs in the Night by Joseph Ransom, 7 pm, Sunday 2:30 pm, Stained Glass Theatre Joplin, 2101 Annie Baxter Ave. Based on the true story of Fanny Crosby, Songs in the Night is an inspirational tale of a blind hymn writer. Tickets available at Tickets: Adults (ages 14+) $10, children (ages 4-13) $5, children (ages 0-3) admitted for free. More information:

April 16 & 17: Theatre at Joplin High School Presents: The Drowsy Chaperone, 7 pm, Joplin High School Performing Arts Center, 2104 S. Indiana Ave. Tickets available at Attendees must wear masks. Tickets: $10. More information:, 417.625.5230.

April 22: Paul Thorn House Concert, 7 pm, The Coda Concert House, 2120 E. 24th St. Paul Thorn has been pleasing crowds for years with his muscular brand of roots music. There is a suggested minimum donation of $65. More information and reservations: In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc., will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.

April 24-May 1: Connect2Culture Presents: Live from The Sheldon with Zakir Hussain, online. Tune in to see this incredible artist on Connect2Culture’s YouTube channel. The performance goes live Saturday, April 24, at 7 pm and is available through Saturday, May 1. Free and open to the public. More information:, 314.533.9900 X19.


Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market and Empire Market Curbside, 10 am-2 pm, Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St. Locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs and handmade artisan goods. Advance online ordering for curbside pickup is the best way to secure all of your favorite Empire Market goodies. Online ordering begins Tuesday at 8 pm and ends Thursday at 8 pm and can be made at Curbside pickup is held Saturday from 10:30 am-12:30 pm. More information:, 417.986.3914.

All Month: National Poetry Month. 25th annual celebration of poets and poetry. More information:

April 1: Virtual First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30-8:30 pm, via Facebook. Enjoy all the aspects you love about First Thursday ArtWalk from the comfort of your own home! Watch dozens of artists demonstrating their artistic process and prerecorded sessions from talented, local musicians. Can’t watch live? Each First Thursday ArtWalk video stays up for one month. For more details, visit their Facebook page. Free and open to the public. More information:, 417.438.5931.

April 2: Opening Reception: Paint in Motion by Philip Ledbetter, 6-8 pm, artCentral Carthage, 1110 E. 13th St., Carthage. Enjoy snacks, libations and fabulous artwork, all in the historic Hyde House. Free and open to the public. More information:, 417.358.4404.

April 2: VSM Joplin: April First Friday, 7-9 pm, Mercy Park, 2601 McClelland Blvd. VSM Joplin is back, and you can join them for a dance lesson at 7 pm in the pavilion at Mercy Park. After the lesson, show off your new skills or kick back and enjoy some great music during a social dance at 8 pm! Please bring a lawn chair. Registration required: Tickets: $5 per person. More information:, 316.243.8175.

April 6: Opening Reception: Joplin K-12 Art Show, 5:30-7:30 pm. Joplin High School, 2104 Indiana Ave. Support and celebrate the work of talented Joplin Schools students whose artwork is on display in the Joplin K-12 Art Show. Free and open to the public. More information:, 417.625.5230.

April 8: Virtual Reading, 7 pm, on Facebook. Join the staff of Small Harbor Publishing for a virtual reading on the Harbor Review Facebook page ( The reading will stream live at 7 pm. Free and open to the public. More information:

April 8: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6 pm, via Zoom. The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels, nonfiction books and articles. The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. Dues $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. More information:, 417.691.0480.

April 9-11: OCC Illuminate 48-Hour Film Festival, Ozark Christian College, 1111 N. Main St. The OCC Art Collective invites students to express their creativity in writing, performing, shooting and editing a short film in this 48-hour film festival. This festival is open to teams of OCC students, alumni and the Joplin community, provided an OCC student or alumnus is on the team. The festival begins at 3 pm Thursday, April 9, and will end at 3 pm Sunday, April 11. The event will culminate with film screenings and an awards show at 7 pm Monday, April 12. For rules and registration, visit Free and open to the public. More information:, 417.540.6808.

April 10: Paris Week at Joplin Empire Market, 10 am-2 pm, Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St. The Joplin Empire Market is preparing for its third annual Paris Week. Dress in your favorite beret and prepare to indulge in French-inspired treats while enjoying all the Parisian fun! Free and open to the public; food and drink available for purchase. More information:, 417.986.3914.

April 13: C2C Monthly Check-Ins, 11 am-noon via Zoom. These casual, online meetings encourage Joplin area arts and cultural organizations to share brief updates, news and ideas with one another during this time. You and your organization are invited to join the conversation. Register at You can register for all check-ins or just specific dates. Instructions will be sent as soon as you register. More information:, 417.501.5550.

April 15: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, Main Street in downtown Joplin. Stroll through downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Free and open to the public. More information:, 417.501.9649.

April 29: Poem in Your Pocket Day. On Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces and online. Pocket Poems will be distributed at Joplin Public Library and coffee shops throughout Joplin.


Through April 15: Paint in Motion by Philip Ledbetter, artCentral Carthage, 1110 E. 13th St, Carthage. See this talented artist’s distinctive technique in his latest body of work, which was inspired by the sun, sea, nature, other artists and music. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information:, 417.358.4404.

Through May 7: 2021 Small Works Auction, Spiva Center for the Arts Regional Gallery, 222 W. 3rd St. Good things do come in small packages! At Spiva Center for the Arts, those small packages measure 12”x12”, 9”x12” or 6”x6” during the 23rd annual Small Works Auction. In this exhibit and auction, more than 70 Spiva member artists create works from jewelry to collage, which they donate for auctioning. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Through May 15: PhotoSpiva 2021, Spiva Center for the Arts Main Gallery, 222 W. 3rd St. Celebrating its 45th year, PhotoSpiva 2021 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. The week of the exhibit opening, juror Adam Finkelston will blind judge the work, without knowledge of the entrants or their status as emerging or professional photographers, and without categories to distinguish photographic processes. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Through May 30: The ABCs of Folklore and Slang by Deby Gilley, Joplin Public Library, Bramlage and Wilcoxon Foundation Gallery, 1901 E. 20th St. The ABCs of Folklore and Slang is an exhibit featuring 26 linocuts by artist Deby Gilley. Free and open to the public. More information:, 417.623.7953 x1041.

April 2021-January 31, 2022: Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art, Post Art Library, 1901 E. 20th St. In 2014, Post Art Library put out an international call for mail art for an exhibit that has since turned into an ongoing project. Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art is an exhibit of pieces in their collection, as well as an active call for mail art. For details, visit Free and open to the public. More information:, 417.623.7953 x1041.

April 1-30: Through the Rabbit Hole by Amber Mintert, Urban Art Gallery, 511 S. Main St. Painter and Missouri Southern State University Professor Amber Mintert presents a collection of whimsical works in her exhibit Through the Rabbit Hole. More information:, 417.438.5931.

April 6-13: Joplin K-12 Art Show, Joplin High School, 2104 Indiana Ave. You are invited to support the work of Joplin’s talented young artists during the annual Joplin K-12 Art Show! Free and open to the public. More information:, 417.625.5230.


Create N Sip, 223 W. 3rd Street:

All Month: Create N Sip To-Go Kits. Get creative while maintaining social distancing with one of Create N Sip’s To-Go Kits! More information:, 417.680.5434.

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Wednesday, 5-9 pm. Canvas and home decor DIY event! Choose the project that works for you. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28-$58. More information:, 417.680.5434.

Saturdays: Saturday Morning Choose Your Canvas, 10 am. Select the painting you want to recreate and let the experienced staff at Create N Sip help you make a masterpiece. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28-$176. More information:, 417.680.5434.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main Street: 

Tuesdays & Wednesday: Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor Come & Go, 2-5 pm. Stay up to three hours of painting time. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $20.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Watercolor & Fluid Acrylic Come & Go, 10 am-2 pm. Enjoy traditional or experimental watercolor painting led by Donna Roberts, who will use watercolors or fluid acrylics. Sign up required; you can sign up at Local Color during regular business hours or by calling 417.553.0835. Cost: $20 with your own supplies, $30 with supplies furnished. More information:, 417.623.3727.

First and Third Fridays: Art Lessons at Local Color Art Gallery with Roxenne Kendall, 11 am-4:30 pm. Learn the basics of watercolor, colored pencils and micron inks during one- to two-hour, private or group lessons. Ages 5 to 95 are welcome to participate. Registration required; reserve your spot by emailing Cost: $20 per session; group rates available. More information:, 573.397.1940.

Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6-8 pm. Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels, beginner to advanced! $30 per class. More information:, 417.553.0835.

April 10 & 25: Paint Your Pet, 6:30-9:30 pm. April 25, 1-4 pm. Celebrate your favorite pet by painting its portrait, no experience needed! Register at least 48 hours in advance and send a picture of your pet to be sketched onto a canvas for you to paint. Allow up to three hours for this event. Cost: $52. More information:, 417.680.5434.

April 12: Wood Burning Class with Roxenne Kendall, 4-6 pm. Learn the art of pyrography (wood burning) and use it to create a design on a bamboo cutting board. Registration required; reserve your spot by calling Local Color at 417.553.0835, visiting their website, or calling 573.397.1940. All supplies included. Cost: $35. More information:, 573.397.1940.

Spiva Center for the Arts Galleries and Gift Shop Hours: 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary contribution for admission is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at or follow us on Facebook. Register at and click on the Active Network link for class registrations, scholarship forms, membership payments and donations.


April 13: 1000 Words, 6:30-8 pm. It is said a picture is worth a thousand words, and the myriad images appearing in PhotoSpiva 2021 will be waiting to inspire writers for the 13th annual 1000 Words event. Readings will be recorded and linked to their exhibition photos via QR codes. Free and open to the public. More information:, 417.623.0183.

April 15: Spiva in Bloom: Floral Designer Reception, 5:30-7:30 pm, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. 3rd St. Local floral designers created beautiful arrangements inspired by works from PhotoSpiva 2021. This reception, in their honor, is a wonderful first look at these amazing displays. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Recurring Classes:

Tuesdays: Creation Station (ages 6-11), 3:45-5 pm. A variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Pre-registration recommended. Space is limited. Cost: $6 preregistration and $8 at the door. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Thursdays: Memories in the Making, 10 am-noon. This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience necessary. Free. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Second & Fourth Saturdays: Vet Art with Sandra Conrad, 10:30 am-noon. Instructor Sandra Conrad will lead participants every second and fourth Saturday of the month in a variety of art projects using different mediums. Pre-registration required. This free event is open to all active military, reserve, National Guard, and veterans and their families. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Neosho Arts

Through April 30: Neosho Arts Council: Spring Art Challenge (ages 6+), online. The Spring Art Challenge is an online arts contest that offers a chance to sharpen artistic skills and enjoy creative expression. This year, there are four challenges, including drawing, comics, photography and writing. For more information, visit Free and open to the public. More information:, 417.592.1673.


 Health Events

 Galena, KS

April 6: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. (Just minutes from Joplin, past the Missouri state line.) 620.783.1732

Dr. Kido, one of our fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Kelly, are providing free weight loss seminars in the Grand Lounge of Premier Surgical Institute. The seminars are designed to welcome and inform members of the Four State Area interested in learning about – or already considering – surgery as an option for weight loss treatment. Dr. Kido has an impressive record of patient weight loss results. He offers a caring approach to improve patients’ overall health and help to those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical, and financial consequences of being overweight. Dr. Kido provides solutions that will break the cycle for the many who are frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss.

Premier’s luxurious and peaceful hospital grounds promote wellness and offer the perfect setting for you to relax while we provide important information about our weight loss surgery options.

No reservations necessary to attend. The seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Parsons, KS

April 8: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

April 13: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS  

April 28: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.

April 13: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact Andrea Buening, 417.659.8086, for information and referral.

April 14 & 28: Grief Support Group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Ste. 100. Call 417.623.8272.

Freeman Health System

Joplin, MO

April 1: Freeman Early Detection Screenings. By appointment. Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Early Detection Screenings include abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and stroke/carotid artery screenings, as well as osteoporosis risk assessment. Fees vary. Call 417.347.6555 for an appointment.

April 6: Ozark Center Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Open to people with autism, parents and caregivers. Respite services for those enrolled through JRO should be requested in advance. Call 417.347.7850.

April 13: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 4:30 pm (registration), 5:30-6:30 pm (seminar), Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery with doctors and bariatric team members. Please contact 417.347.1266 or to register.

April 20: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3200 McClelland Blvd., back entrance. Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. Call 417.347.1266.

April 27: Freeman Advantage HealthWISE, 10 am, La Quinta Inn & Suites, 3320 S. Range Line Rd. Del Camp, Ozark Center chief clinical officer, will discuss myths and motivations of multi-generations. Blood pressure checks offered. RSVP at 417.347.5837 for this event to ensure plenty of space for distancing. Please enter through the lobby or south entrance through Door 1.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit Meetings held at the NAMI building, 219 W. 2nd St., in Joplin.

Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm.

Every Wednesday: Post 5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am.

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.

Neosho, MO

April 28: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalon Hospice & Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544.

Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

Caregiver’s Support Group: This meeting will not take place in person for the time being. However, we encourage anyone seeking support to call us, and we will be happy to visit over the phone to offer free support and resources. Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Call 417.448.3999.

April 3: Saturday Birth and Beyond Class, 8 am-12 pm, virtual classroom via Zoom – free class. Four-hour class covers childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care for women in their last trimester. Includes a tour of the NRMC OB as available. Call 417.448.3801 to register.

April 13 & 15: Tuesday/Thursday Birth and Beyond Class, 6-8 pm, virtual classroom via Zoom – free class. Two, 2-hour classes cover childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care for women in their last trimester. Call 417.448.3801 to register.

April 16: Wellness Walk for Child Abuse Prevention, 12-1 pm. Show your support for strong families and safe kids! Wear blue for Child Abuse Prevention Month and join us for a healthy mile walk around the square in downtown Nevada. Water, snacks and giveaway items, while supplies last! Vernon County Courthouse, south side.

April 27: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 am-noon, Kern Senior Center. Free screenings of the month: Blood pressure, plus this month’s screening: body mass index.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

April 8: Diabetes Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

April 8: Caregivers Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

April 13 & 27: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

aliceCBD, Webb City location, 530 N East Street & Loma Linda Location, 5399 MO-43, Joplin MO –

April 20: 2nd Anniversary, 10 am-6 pm. $4.20 sales and samples at both locations! Festivities at the newest location, 5399 MO-43 Building D, Joplin. Food, music, classes to “GoAskAliceRN” and how to grow. 

aliceCBD, Loma Linda Location, 5399 MO-43, Joplin MO – Follow us on Facebook or for cannabis classes and music therapy schedule. Now offering Telehealth appointments via your phone or computer.

Wednesdays: Medical Marijuana Class and Clinic, 2-6 pm. Come to Building D. Visit the Canna Fairy Dora to preregister and see the doctor. Call for details: 479.276.2879.

April 23: Drum Circle, 5 pm-?. Bring your bongo, Djembe, drums and musical instruments for an evening of music!  

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.

April 6: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

Crisis Text Line:

Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis, connecting people in crisis to trained crisis counselors. Our first priority is helping people move from a hot moment to a cool calm, guiding you to create a plan to stay safe and healthy. YOU=our priority. Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained crisis counselor.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

1.800.273.8255 •